Alstom completes successful spinning of 3 Machines
The Chamera III hydro project in India passed an important commissioning test on 5 March, when all three 77 MW Francis vertical turbines being installed by Alstom successfully completed the spinning at the rated speed of 333rpm in less than ten hours. The customer, National Hydro-electric Power Corporation, was on hand to witness the test and commended the team on the achievement of the milestone.
The test marks an important stage in the Chamera III project, where Alstom is delivering the units on a turnkey basis from its Vadodara Hydro site. The project located in Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh, is expected to be fully commissioned in the coming weeks.
Alstom was awarded the Chamera III HEP contract by NHPC in 2007. The scope of work included turnkey execution of Electro-Mechanical lot comprising of hydro turbines, generators and auxiliaries. Alstom’s Hydro unit based in Vadodara has executed the works for the project.
The Alstom Hydro unit at Vadodara has witnessed continuous growth in the recent years, and will continue to play a vital role in addressing the increased demand for reliable, clean and affordable energy in India and around the world.
So far, Alstom’s Hydro facility in Vadodara has supplied major Hydro Power generation equipment for a total installed capacity of 4 GW for various projects in India & abroad. With the company’s expanded production capabilities, Alstom’s Hydro manufacturing unit in Vadodara expects to ramp up exports to more than 30% annually to markets all over the world. This move follows an investment completed last year to build Alstom’s most advanced bearing production facility. So far two-third of the factory’s existing capacity caters to the India region while one-third of the capacity caters to export markets.
Emphasizing the role of Alstom Hydro India’s contribution to the hydro market in India, Mr. Alain Spohr, Unit Managing Director, Alstom Hydro India, said, “The spinning of all three machines in record time is a testimony of the exemplary work and coordination of the team. We at Alstom are committed to provide cutting edge technological expertise and clean power generation solutions to our customers and partners and will continue to do so in the future as well. The hydro facility at Vadodara is one of the three large hydro equipment manufacturing hubs for Alstom along with China and Brazil. This factory is fully geared to meet the needs of domestic and international projects."